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'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son

'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son
Creed has found his opponent.

German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu will square off against Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2, MGM and Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 2015 hit that updated Rocky for a new generation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steven Caple will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March in Philadelphia.

Creed starred Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, who mentors Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the son of his rival, Apollo Creed.

The new pic also features a blast-from-the-past update: Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago, the ruthless Soviet boxer from Rocky IV, which...
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund

Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund
Timothée Chalamet announced on Instagram Monday night that he will be donating his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer ... What I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary," Chalamet said in his...
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed impressively in its expansion with $1.4 million at 62 locations during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Phantom Thread” posted an impressive $22,984 per-screen average — by far the highest average on the domestic chart as Focus Features expanded the run from six screens. Focus plans to screen the film in more than 500 locations next weekend.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, has now grossed a total of $2.5 million. The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis’ character, a renowned dressmaker at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

“Phantom Thread” earned director Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It received four BAFTA nominations,
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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo

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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo
Paramount Network’s “Heathers” is technically an adaptation of the 1988 cult comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, but series creator Jason Micallef said the show will still find ways to put a new spin on the story. “It’s 2018, it’s not 1988,” Micallef told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “No one’s going to want to watch a girl for 10 episodes follow a guy around, murder people and then whine about it.” So Micallef said he created some “very, very major character changes” for the lead character Veronica Sawyer, played by Ryder in the original movie...
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Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries Dead at 46

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries Dead at 46
Dolores O’Riordan, the Irish musician who fronted ’90s superstars The Cranberries, has reportedly died at the age of 46.

“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time,” O’Riordan’s publicist said in a statement to the BBC. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Riordan is survived by her three children, 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.

“The best time in my life was the years
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Exclusive: Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ Could Be His Next Film

Exclusive: Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ Could Be His Next Film
Hope remains for Edge of Tomorrow 2 to become an actual movie that happens, rather than a long-hoped-for sequel that never materializes. Director Doug Liman’s 2014 sci-fi actioner didn’t explode at the box office, but it earned high critical praise and grew its legion of fans once it hit home video, offering up a smart and refreshingly unique blockbuster that stood in direct contrast to the plainness of other big-budget fare. Liman, stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and writer Christopher McQuarrie all expressed interest and desire to make a sequel, and while it’…
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Quentin Tarantino Wants Al Pacino For Manson Movie

Quentin Tarantino Wants Al Pacino For Manson Movie
In the rush to report the news that Leonardo DiCaprio was reteaming with Quentin Tarantino for the director’s next film, trade sites were furiously updating their stories after the fact. So, another intriguing nugget about the brewing project got overlooked as it was added later on.

According to Variety, Tarantino is eyeballing Al Pacino for a possible role in his Manson era movie. The story will be set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, and center on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business.

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Idris Elba, Jordan Peele, Kendrick Lamar Win NAACP Image Awards

Idris Elba, Jordan Peele, Kendrick Lamar Win NAACP Image Awards
Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, Jordan Peele and Kendrick Lamar were among the big winners at the gala dinner announcing the non-televised categories at the 49th NAACP Image Awards, which took place on Sunday night at the Pasadena Conference Center. The dinner included the presentation of 47 Image Award categories, with an additional nine categories plus Entertainer of the Year due to be announced during a live telecast on TV One on Monday, Jan. 15. Elba won two awards, one for his role in the Showtime miniseries “Guerrilla” and one for the film “Thor: Ragnarok.” Peele won for writing and...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger "Shocked and Saddened" by Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Assault Claims

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is "shocked and saddened" to learn of Eliza Dushku's alleged sexual assault during the filming of True Lies.

The action star, who toplined James Cameron's 1994 action thriller, tweeted on Monday evening that had he known about the incident at the time "you bet your ass all of us would have done something." Schwarzenegger also tweeted his support to and expressed his pride in Dushku, who played his daughter in the film, for coming forward.

Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and...
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4Dx Screenings of 'Last Jedi' In Japan Offer Light and Dark Force Versions

Star Wars fans in Japan can choose between light or dark sides of the Force versions for 4Dx screenings of The Last Jedi, with the immersive special effects tailored to give audiences separate perspectives.

The two versions are delivered in the same theaters and fans have been split 50-50 on whether to experience the film from the light or dark side. The vibrations, tilts, wind, fog, strobe and other effects enhance differing aspects of the on-screen action for the light and dark side of the theaters. Light saber battles create differing reverb effects for the two sides, while the atmosphere...
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Timothee Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film to #Timesup, Lgbt Charities

Timothee Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film to #Timesup, Lgbt Charities
Timothee Chalamet is donating his salary from Woody Allen film “A Rainy Day in New York” to a trio charities: #Timesup, the Lgbt Center in New York and Rainn, an anti-sexual violence organization, the actor said on Instagram on Monday. “I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job,” Chalamet said. “That has become much clearer to me in the last few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and above all, silence. “I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film...
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Florian Munteanu to Get in the Ring With Michael B. Jordan in ‘Creed 2’

Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu has signed on to play Michael B. Jordan’s opponent in “Creed 2,” TheWrap has learned. He is set to play the son of Rocky nemesis Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). “Creed 2” will continue to follow Adonis Creed (Jordan) both inside and outside of the ring as he deals with his newfound fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion. Sylvester Stallone will also reprise his role as Rocky Balboa. Also Read: Michael B Jordan Calls for Peace After Police Shootings: 'Violence Is Not the Answer' Stallone also confirmed the casting in an Instagram post congratulating Munteanu. “Congratulations to...
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Kyle Richards on How the ‘Real Housewives’ ‘Opened the Door’ for ‘American Woman’

Kyle Richards on How the ‘Real Housewives’ ‘Opened the Door’ for ‘American Woman’
As a reality show personality, Kyle Richards is no stranger to inviting the public into stories from her life and family. “I feel like on the ‘Housewives,’ my family stuff was really out there,” she says. “When my sister was on the show, that was an automatic opening to things you may not really want out there.”

But her new show, “American Woman,” is a 1970s-set dramedy that she developed based on the life of her mother, Kathleen Richards — a single mom raising three girls in Los Angeles at a time when Richards says “outspoken or strong” women were not popular.

While Richards admits that mining her personal life in public has often been anxiety-producing, she has found a sense of freedom in taking control of the narrative for the scripted series.

“The Housewives has helped me find my voice. I was always a people-pleaser, and coming into a show like this you end up losing that,” she
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Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘Shocked and Saddened for Eliza’ Dushku After Molestation Accusations

Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘Shocked and Saddened for Eliza’ Dushku After Molestation Accusations
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is “shocked and saddened” by Eliza Dushku’s accusation that “True Lies” stuntman Joel Kramer sexually assaulted her when she was 12 during the making of the film. The actor and former governor of California was replying to a tweet from fellow co-star Tom Arnold, telling him: “Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something.” “I’m shocked and saddened for Eliza but I am also proud of her – beyond being a great talent and an amazing woman, she is so courageous,” Schwarzenegger added. Also Read: Jamie Lee Curtis Calls for Hollywood to Protect Its Youth With...
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Watch the NAACP Image Awards’ Behind the Scenes Look at ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ (Video)

Watch the NAACP Image Awards’ Behind the Scenes Look at ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ (Video)
The 49th annual NAACP Image Awards Monday night celebrated the work not just the work of people of color in entertainment in 2017, it also looked ahead to what’s in store in 2018 — including by dropping a behind-the-scenes look at Ava DuVernay’s fantasy adventure “A Wrinkle in Time.” In the featurette we’re treated to a nice mix of actual footage from the film with shots of DuVernay working behind the scenes — with cast members effusively praising her craft and the diversity both in front of and behind the camera. “I think that the particular discipline, organization and artful eye...
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Japan Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Wins Fifth Weekend

Japan Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Wins Fifth Weekend
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” won its fifth consecutive weekend at the Japanese box office. For the January 13-14 frame, the film made $1.87 million on 142,000 admissions, raising its cumulative total to $59 million on 4.4 million admissions. This is still far from the $105 million recorded by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Japan in 2016.

Holding second place was Fox’s “Kingsman The Golden Circle.” In its second weekend on release, the film earned $1.75 million, lifting its cumulative total to $9.0 million. The first “Kingsman” film, “Secret Service” ended made $8.86 million in Japan in 2014.

The highest-ranking new entry to the top ten, at number six, was “Mazinger Z: Infinity,” a sci-fi anime based on a 1970s comic series by Go Nagai about a super robot built to battle the forces of evil. Released on 152 screens by Toei, the film took in $790,000.

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Florian Munteanu to Play Ivan Drago’s Son in ‘Creed 2’

Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu has joined Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in “Creed 2,” sources confirmed to Variety, with production expected to start in spring 2018.

Along with Jordan and Stallone, Munteanu also joins Tessa Thompson, who will also return for the sequel, reprising her role as Bianca.

Munteanu is set to play Ivan Drago’s son. Drago, portrayed by Dolph Lundgren in “Rocky IV”, is the character that killed Apollo Creed, Jordan’s father, in a boxing match. Lundgren is also set to reprise role in “Creed 2.”

While plot details are vague, a match between Jordan and Munteanu’s characters seems highly likely.

Steven Caple Jr.will direct from an original screenplay written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (showrunner of “Luke Cage”) based on characters from the Rocky franchise. The film is being produced by Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, and Kevin King-Templeton. Jordan and Guy Riedel will executive produce.

The movie is
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‘The Bachelor’ Recap: Women Wrestle For Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s Affection

‘The Bachelor’ Recap: Women Wrestle For Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s Affection
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Bachelor” episode from Monday, Jan. 15.

Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s third week as the Bachelor was packed with misbehaving dogs, awkward dates and fighting women — this time not just verbally, but physically as well.

Luyendyk, who was heartbroken by then-Bachelorette Emily Maynard in 2012, still has 18 girls competing for his heart — and the final rose — and tension is quickly starting to build as a few women have become frontrunners.

Monday’s episode started with host Chris Harrison announcing that “behind every good man is a really strong woman,” before giving the women a date card for the week’s first group outing. In a date inspired by 1980s show “Glow” (and the Netflix reboot), the women participated in “Glob,” the “Gorgeous Ladies of the ‘Bachelor'” wrestling. Two former female professional wrestlers tried to train the women, but some of the contestants quickly became emotional when the
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NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List

NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List
Ava DuVernay won Entertainer of the Year and “Girls Trip” won best motion picture at the 49th NAACP Image Awards on Monday night.

Other honorees included “Blackish,” which won outstanding actor and actress in a comedy series for Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, who is also hosting the show, while Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” and Omari Hardwick of “Power” won outstanding actress and actor in a drama series.

Sunday night, 47 Image Awards were given at a non-televised dinner, including for Jordan Peele, who won for writing and directing “Get Out.” Click here for more photos of the ceremony.

Complete list of winners follows:

Entertainer Of The Year

Ava DuVernay

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Octavia Spencer – “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Motion Picture

Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson – “`black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
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